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Best destinations for art lovers

Best destinations for art lovers

Wandering down corridors filled with sculptures, marveling at the vibrant colors of a painting, looking at the details of a column… Does this speak to you? If so, then you’ll love what we have in store for you today in Civitatis. France, Italy, Russia… These are just some of the countries with must-see destinations for art enthusiasts and lovers. Let’s go over the best ones!

Rome, an open-air museum for art lovers

Detalle del fresco de la Creación de Adán en la Capilla Sixtina, en los Museos Vaticanos
The Creation of Adam, fresco in the Sistine Chapel

One cannot start discussing the best destinations for art lovers without mentioning the città eterna. Art, history, and culture blending in perfect harmony to form this breathtaking city that captivates thousands of tourists every year. Rome as a city is just the perfect representation of art itself.

The Italian capital stands out as one of the cities with more art and heritage per square meter in the world. Some of the most iconic landmarks in the city are the famous Colosseum, the Fontana di Trevi, the Roman Forum, the Pantheon

Although it’s not strictly located in Rome, the Vatican Museums is one of the most famous museums in the world and houses the Sistine Chapel by the genius Michelangelo Buonarroti. A must-see piece of art that you’ll remember forever.

Paris, the city of light, love.. and art!

Famosa entrada del Museo del Louvre con las pirámides de cristal en la noche de París
Louvre Museum lit up at night

Paris is also known as the ‘city of art’, as it is home to an immense collection of artistic heritage that includes some of the most important art pieces in the world.

Are you familiar with the Venus de Milo? What about the Mona Lisa? Within the walls of the Louvre Museum, you can find these and many other masterpieces that make Paris one of the best destinations for art enthusiasts.

Besides the Louvre, we can find other famous art galleries such as the National Museum of Modern Art or the Musée d’Orsay, which hold great pieces by artists such as Monet, Renoir, or Degas.

But Paris not only offers museums or art galleries, just by walking the streets of the city of light we’ll find incredible architectural wonders. For instance, the Sainte Chapelle or Notre Dame are absolute masterpieces made in stone.

Amsterdam, Vincent van Gogh’s birthplace

Fachada del Rijksmuseum en Ámsterdam con las letras de I Amsterdam
Entrance to the Rijksmuseum

Now we’re off to the Netherlands to discover another of the best destinations for art aficionados. It was also here that artists such as Van Gogh, Rembrandt, Mondrian, and Cuyp were born.

Amsterdam, the nation’s cultural hub, has some of the country’s most significant museums and a very colorful and unique architectural style that visitors always find very charming.

In the Van Gogh Museum we can find the largest collection of works from this artist in the world. Another of the highlights of this beautiful city is the National Museum of Amsterdam or the Rijksmuseum, where extensive exhibitions from the golden age of Dutch art are on display. But if you’re more into modern art, then you’ll love to visit the Stedelijk Museum.

El Cairo, art and culture over 4000 years old

Recorriendo los pasillos del Museo Egipcio de El Cairo con diversas esculturas
Recorriendo los pasillos del Museo Egipcio de El Cairo

Welcome to Cairo! Cradle of one of the first civilizations and a must-see destination for art lovers, especially for those who enjoy ancient art. In the Egyptian capital, we can find museums as significant as the Egyptian Museum or Museum of Egyptian Antiquities. Did you know that it houses the largest collection of objects from Ancient Egypt? It has over 136,000 pieces classified according to the different periods in Egyptian history. If you wish to explore Cairo, this is the most comprehensive tour, which includes tickets to the best attractions in the city.

But if we are talking about art, this does not only refer to the pieces displayed in museums. A great example of this is the imposing pyramids, located on the Giza plateau 11 miles away from Cairo. These constructions are not only the most famous monuments in Egypt but also the oldest ones in the world. These funerary structures have been enchanting millions of visitors over the years

New York, a dream for art lovers

Fachada iluminada en la noche del Metropolitan Museum de Nueva York
Metropolitan Museum at night

New York is home to some of the most important museums and art galleries in the world. The Big Apple is one of the best destinations for art enthusiasts.

Did you know that just on the island of Manhattan alone there are about 60 museums? If we add them together with the rest of the city’s neighborhoods, the count rises to nearly 100 museums in all of New York.

The MoMA, also known as the Museum of Modern Art of New York, is the most significant modern art collection in the whole world. There, you can find world-famous paintings such as Van Gogh’s Starry Night or Picasso’s Les Demoiselles d’Avignon.

Another of the most important art museums in New York is the Metropolitan Museum, also known as the MET. Did you know that it is one of the ten most visited museums in the world?

London and its never-ending love for art

Vista de la cristalera interior del British Museum con los visitantes recorriendo los pasillos
Interior of the British Museum

Now we arrive in London, the English city located on the banks of the Thames. A place full of art, and therefore, another excellent destination for art and culture lovers.

Walking around its streets, we find historic buildings, a wide variety of museums displaying ancient works of art, and several modern art galleries.

There, you can visit the vast British Museum, ranked as the largest histoy and culture in the world, the National Gallery which houses works from the 13th to the 20th century from all over Europe, or the National Portrait Gallery, where the most important figures in history have their own portrait. These are just a few examples of the wonderful museum options offered by the UK capital for art lovers.

St Petersburg and the spectacular Hermitage Museum

Fachada verde y blanca del Museo del Hermitage de San Petersburgo, Rusia
Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg

Last but not least, we conclude this roundup with the city of St. Petersburg, which is not only one of the best destinations for art enthusiasts, but also one of the most captivating European capitals.

If you’re planning to travel to the second largest city in Russia, the Hermitage Museum is one of the must-see attractions that you can”t miss in the city. With over three million art pieces, it’s one of the largest art galleries and antique collections in the world. On its walls you can find works by Picasso, Poussin or Leonardo, among others.

Besides this magnificent museum, if you want to delve further into the local art in the city, you can visit works by Russian artists in the Academy of Fine Arts or the State Russian Museum.

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